This practice is most advantageous to frequent travelers, who find paying for hotels and vacation accommodations too expensive. This practice is also working best for families who are going to take their vacation somewhere outside their own community, state, or country. Through home swaps, accommodation problems are eliminated effectively. However, most home swap agreements only cover the home. Additional perks like cars and other utilities could be used upon agreement.
No money is to be exchanged during home swaps. However, home-exchange Websites require memberships, which is not free. Home swappers need to secure such memberships so they could enjoy home swapping services. Usually, fees range from about $50 to $100 annually, not bad if you would consider the hefty savings you could generate and the convenience you could get from such arrangements. Such clubs are the most effective venues to find other homeowners who are into swapping, although some lists could also be found in Craigslists and local classified ads, though in limited capacities.
Inter-cultural or international home swapping is now facilitated in many countries. However, home exchange arrangements in specific countries may not be possible or may pose possible legal impediments. Such issues are covered and filtered by home swapping online sites. That is one of the advantages of using the services and memberships in such dedicated clubs.
It is also possible for two families to meet in some point, somewhere so they could get to know whom they have home exchange arrangements with. Try it out.